Kirpan

The Kirpan (/kɪərˈpɑːn/; Punjabi: ਕਿਰਪਾਨ kirpān) is a ceremonial sword or dagger carried by baptized Sikhs. It is a religious commandment given by Guru Gobind Singh (the tenth Guru of Sikhism) at the Vaisakhi Amrit Sanchar (a holy religious ceremony that formally baptizes a Sikh) in 1699, all baptised Sikhs (Khalsa) must wear a kirpan at all times along with other Articles of Faith. Although not all those who identify themselves as Sikhs carry a kirpan, it is one of the five articles of faith required to be worn by baptized Sikhs.

The word Kirpan has two roots - the first root is: Kirpa, which means "Mercy, grace, compassion, kindness" and the second root is Aan, which in turn means "Honor, grace, dignity".

Sikhs embody the qualities of a "Sant-Sipahie"—a saint-soldier. One must have control over one's internal vices and be able to be constantly immersed in virtues clarified in the Guru Granth Sahib. A Sikh must also have the courage to defend the rights of all who are wrongfully oppressed or persecuted irrespective of their colour, caste or creed.

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The Five Ks - Kirpan
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Canadian Sikhism - Controversy - Kirpan Cases - Quebec Legislature
... Assembly banned religious daggers, of which the kirpan was included ... his surprise and anger as he had worn the kirpan to the Supreme Court of Canada and the United States Congress without any trouble ... Following this was a vote that the kirpan be banned from all parliamentary buildings including the Canadian House of Commons ...
Multani V. Commission Scolaire Marguerite‑Bourgeoys
... school authority that prohibited a Sikh child from wearing a kirpan to school as a violation of freedom of religion under section 2(a) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms ... Sikh named Gurbaj Singh, who in November 2001 dropped a metal kirpan at his school, École Sainte‑Catherine‑Labouré ... This prompted the school board to request certain limits on the wearing of the kirpan, including that it be covered at all times ...
Multani V. Commission Scolaire Marguerite‑Bourgeoys - Decision - Reasonable Limits
... The banning of the kirpan was considered rational because it was a weapon, and thus the banning fit the objective of ridding the school of weapons ... However, the banning of the kirpan was not proportionate to the objective ... It was noted the claimant could not wear the kirpan at school at all, even though the claimant would have accepted limitations ...
Kirpan - Legality - United States of America
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